Brand New Gallery will host the first solo exhibition in an Italian gallery of British-born Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare MBE, opening on the 26th of March and running through May 10th. In this multi-part exhibition of sculptures, photography, and film, Shonibare explores the concept of destiny as it relates to themes of desire, yearning, love, power, and sexual repression.
Over the past decade, Yinka Shonibare MBE has become well known for his exploration of colonialism and post-colonialism within the contemporary context of globalization. Working in painting, sculpture, photography and film, Shonibare’s work examines race, class, and the construction of cultural identity through sharp political commentary on the tangled interrelationship between Africa and Europe and their respective economic and political histories. Having described himself as a postcolonial hybrid, Shonibare uses wry citations of Western art history and literature to question the validity of contemporary cultural and national identities.
Shonibare’s work can also be viewed in several prestigious permanent collections throughout the world, including the Tate Collection, London; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, Washington DC; The Israel Museum, Jerusalem; Modern Museet, Stockholm; Walker Arts Center, Minneapolis; Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco.
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